Summer Camps

PopcornThe Culkin School has teamed up with Glen Echo to offer an enriched series of summer camps for your Irish Dancer! Camps are held at Glen Echo Park, an historic landmark, geared to the arts! We are excited to be part of the summer camp program at Glen Echo!

The Culkin School offers camps for experienced Culkin dancers and for new-time beginner dancers who’d like to give Irish dancing a try!

This year it’s easier for campers to choose the schedule that suits them! Register for our Pre-Camp Session and drop your dancer off at 8am for a supervised, relaxed pre-camp setting for Irish dancers. Register for both a morning and an afternoon session and join The Culkin School “lunch bunch” in the Praline Café in the Spanish Ballroom and experience a full-day camp experience! The Culkin School has something for everyone! 

2017 Glen Echo Camps: 

Click here for location addresses and directions.

To register for our Glen Echo Summer Program, please click the links provided for the appropriate summer classes. The link will direct you to the Glen Echo Park website, where you’ll follow the prompts for registration and make payments.

PLEASE NOTE that our 2017 Summer Camps have come to an end. Below you can find an example of our Summer Camp Schedule. Stayed tuned for more information regarding our 2018 Summer Camp Schedule, which will be published in early Spring!


**NEW**  Culkin Pre-Camp (Ages 6 & Up)
(sessions: June 19-23, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4, Aug 7-11)

For Culkin dancers who are enrolled in morning camps, we make it easy to extend your dancer’s day! Join us from 8am-10am for a supervised, relaxed Irish Dance Pre-Camp experience! Fun activities for all ages. It’s easy to enjoy a true summer camp experience at Glen Echo Park with Culkin. Join NOW! You don’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity! Click here to register!

Beginning Irish Dance: Footworks and Figures 10am-12pm: (Ages 6-10) 
(sessions: July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4, Aug 7-11)

**If you are currently enrolled at the Culkin School and are in Levels 2 or above, this class is not for you.**

If you are currently enrolled as a Level 1 dancer, please check with your instructor in regards to summer camp placements. If you are a current ‘Mini-Mester’ dancer, after school program dancer, or if any currently enrolled dancers have a sibling or a friend who wants to try out Irish Dance, this is the class for them! This is a one-week, introductory class; through a series of figure (group) dances, students will learn the basics of Irish dance and music – no experience necessary! If you are interested in our Beginning Irish Dance: Footworks and Figures, click here to register!

Hard Shoe and Soft Shoe Camp – MORNING 10am-12pm: (Ages 6+)
(sessions: June 19-23, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4, Aug 7-11)

All of our current Level 2-5 Culkin dancers are welcome to sign up for these weekly summer camp programs! If you are currently enrolled as a Level 1 dancer, please check with your instructor in regards to summer camp placementsWe highly encourage Level 5 dancers to sign up for Glen Echo camps in order to keep learning and mastering their material! There are six sessions from which to choose! It is possible to sign up for one or multiple sessions!  Please note that the instructor will focus on fine-tuning Irish dance technique. Although there are many different levels of dancers in these sessions, there are plenty of assistants in the classes to help everyone move forward with their Irish dancing. If you’re interested, click here to register!

Hard Shoe and Soft Shoe Camp – AFTERNOON 1pm-3:30pm: (Ages 10+)
(sessions: July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4, Aug 7-11) 

If you are a currently enrolled Culkin School dancer in Levels 6 & 7, these classes are for you! We highly encourage competitive dancers to join these camps to learn their SRO material! **NEW: PLEASE NOTE** that all championship dancers are required to learn their material for the Southern Region Oireachtas by the 1st day of class in September. No material will be taught in September! It is the dancers’ responsibility to learn all needed material during the summer.  Please consider signing up for multiple sessions! Be ready for the SRO!!  Click here to register!

Figures for Current Dancers – AFTERNOON 1pm-3pm: (Ages 6-16)
(sessions: July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4, Aug 7-11)
Glen Echo Circle

This class is designed for current Culkin School dancers who would like to start dancing Figures, or who have completed Figures I and II this past year. Based on enrollment numbers, the dancers will learn 2, 3, 4  and/or 8- hand dances. If your dancer is interested in competing at local feiseanna or performing, this class is highly recommended. Click here to register!

**NEW**  Prelim & Open Championship Camp (1pm-3:30pm) (Ages 10+)
(sessions: June 19-23, June 26-30)

This class is for those Level 6 & 7 dancers who are NOT traveling to New Orleans for the North American Championships. This class will help dancers prepare for the summer feis season; focussing on technique to help master material and keep you in shape for all summer feiseanna and for our July summer camps! Click here to register!

**NEW** Culkin North American Championships in New Orleans Prep Camp: 10am-12:30pm)
(sessions: June 19-30, M, T, W, TH & F)

This class is for those Level 6 & 7 dancers traveling to New Orleans to compete at the North American Irish Dance Championships! This mandatory workshop will help fully prepare you for New Orleans; focussing on technique, drills, confidence, stamina and stage presence! All dancers competing are required to take this two-week session. Be the best you can be! Click here to register!

PLEASE NOTE: that classes at Glen Echo will be held in the Spanish Ballroom and/or the Spanish Ballroom Annex. The Annex has air-conditioning and the Ballroom has an air filtration system to keep things much cooler than outside temperatures.




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